Saint Rosalia, also called "La Santuzza" in Sicily, is the patron saint of Palermo. Here I'll tell you a concise biography of Santa Rosalia and what is the "festinu" (feast of Saint Rosalia).No other woman is so beloved as Palermo's own Saint Rosalia. When you come to visit, you'll see her image everywhere you look. Of course, you'll find her in churches, but I'm … [Read more...] about The Feast of Saint Rosalia
This morning old Tano Bongiorno spent an hour reminiscing about my childhood visit to the Capuchin Catacombs. I understand the remains of some of my ancestors are down there. So then I thought I should tell you about this monastery, which has one of the world's most famous underground cemeteries right here in Palermo Sicily.I hope I don't make you shiver (and I'm not … [Read more...] about The World-Famous Capuchin Catacombs
Hello, everyone! Your Semi-Official guide and host, Don Tano is back with more interesting and informative — sometimes even controversial matters — that apparently concern tourists. You know, some people are afraid to come to our beautiful and ancient city because they have heard about the dread Mafia.In my discussions with tourists, some told me they're afraid to go … [Read more...] about Is Palermo a Safe Place to Visit?
Hey, today my good friend, baker Luigi Moscone, invited me, old Don Tano, to his bakery to talk to me about mentioning his delicious products on my Palermo blog.The bakery is just a little place, and considering how big (around the middle) Luigi is, I don’t see how he manages to work that wonderful antique oven without scorching his fabulous mustachios.But this … [Read more...] about What’s a Pezzo in Palermo?
Salve! Don Tano here. I’m your host and guide to my beloved country and especially my wonderful and unique City of Palermo.Today I’m gonna tell you about one of Palermo’s finest attractions. I just want to tell you that if you’re able to come to Sicily during the spring or summertime, be sure to pack your bathing suit because you’ll be bathing at some of the finest and … [Read more...] about The Most Beautiful Beaches in Palermo